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Even with low rates, you can invest for income

John Zezini

Not long ago the Federal Reserve (Fed) announced that it plans to keep short-term interest rates near zero until late 2014. The Fed initially pushed rates to that level in 2008, in an effort to stimulate economic growth. Clearly, low interest rates have a wide-ranging impact — but what effect will they have on you, […]

No Comment / April 12, 2012 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Protelo business software provider opens in Palladio

Protelo President Christer Johansson and Business Development Manager Randall Ferre enjoy the colors of the sunset from their offices in Palladio. Photo by Roberta Long

Christer Johansson, president of Protelo, opened offices in Palladio in early March. Johansson came from Sweden, where he was a programmer, to work for a software company in Folsom in 1991. In 2008 he went on his own with a consulting company, Protelo, located on Blue Ravine Road. His focus was on helping companies improve […]

No Comment / April 02, 2012 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Folsom Chamber of Commerce presents annual awards

Eric Hanson, Graphics Initiative manager at Intel, wound up his year as chairman of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce board of directors and welcomed the 2012-13 leader, Robert Flautt, president of Folsom Lake Bank, at the chamber luncheon March 29 at Lake Natoma Inn. Rebecca Moirao, owner of RelyLocal.com, and Folsom’s Leading Young Professionals 2012-13 […]

No Comment / April 02, 2012 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Put time — and tax-advantaged investments — on your side

John Zezini

If you’re relatively young, and you’ve been investing only a few years, you possess an asset that is invaluable and cannot be replaced: time. And the more time you spend contributing to tax-advantaged investments, the better off you may be. As an investor, time is your ally for two reasons. First, the more time you […]

No Comment / March 29, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

A taste of history is closer than you think

The Diamond Springs hotel offers good eats and good haunts. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The Diamond Springs Hotel describes itself as “Old Fashioned Country Cooking.” I can assure you it is much more than that. With that old-fashioned country cooking is a varied and exciting history unique in El Dorado County. To put it bluntly, the place is haunted. But before I get to that, let’s talk about the […]

No Comment / March 23, 2012 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Energy efficiency biz comes to EDH

Dave Sipes, Bob Wellman and Allan Priest want to help you make your home more energy efficient. They recently opened EnergyWise Solutions Inc. in El Dorado Hills and Sacramento. Courtesy photo

EnergyWise Solutions Inc. announces the formal opening of its offices in Sacramento and El Dorado Hills. Formed by a trio of professionals from El Dorado Hills, Dave Sipes (GC), Allan Priest (REM) and Robert Wellman (MBA), EnergyWise Solutions is a residential energy assessment and retrofit firm. “We know energy costs will continue to rise over […]

No Comment / March 21, 2012 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Financial focus: Early IRA funding can pay off over time

You’ve got until April 17 to contribute to your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for the 2011 tax year. That’s not a lot of time, but if you have some money available, and you haven’t completely funded your IRA for 2011, consider doing so before the deadline. And once you’ve “maxed out” on your IRA for […]

No Comment / March 20, 2012 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »